AALS VIC State Meeting, GMES (Traralgon) 2nd may

 
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Passing a message on.

Sammy Daly
April 16 at 7:39am

Just a quick message to all the Victorians on here, I was elected as the new AALS VIC State Rep at the AALS AGM. I am sending a letter to all the Vic clubs with my details and some ideas/ suggestions that would be good to see happen.

Part of that is holding a few meetings a year where clubs can discuss any issues/suggestions they have.
Also with Cobden holding the 2016 Convention we can discuss what help the other Victorian Clubs can offer the guys and girls down at Cobden.

The first of these meetings will take place at the GMES (Traralgon) event on May 2nd. The meeting will go for an hour (So as to not take up too much fun time) from 11:00am until 12:00pm. It will happen in the former VR Signal Box locates at the GMES track. Hope to see a few of you there.

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  lrbam Chief Train Controller

Location: The Great South West
Congratulations to Sammy.

One thing I am very keen on is getting younger people involved with our hobby. It is my belief the current AALS insurance arrangements can make it difficult to allow younger members to actively participate in train running while the public are in attendance. I would like to see more responsible younger people being involved and covered by the insurance.

Just my thoughts.
  Sammy D Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Congratulations to Sammy.

One thing I am very keen on is getting younger people involved with our hobby. It is my belief the current AALS insurance arrangements can make it difficult to allow younger members to actively participate in train running while the public are in attendance. I would like to see more responsible younger people being involved and covered by the insurance.

Just my thoughts.
lrbam
Thanks mate.

I agree with you mate, I'll see how we go but unfortunately I think it will only get harder in future.
But it can be mentioned and see what is said.
Sam
  trainweld Train Controller

I agree with lrbamAlthough not being in Vic, one issue I faced being a youngster in the hobby was access to run trains/guard duties etc.
My family had owned a small 7 1/4" steamer since I was approx 3, i always used to drive her at private days etc from about the age of 5 onwards. When I was a little older say around 12 I joined up at MVR and always attended running days, it wasn't until I was 16 that I could head out as a guard and drive with public under instruction and 18 when I could drive by myself, it took a long time and because of having a private track and the family locos to drive on play days i stuck with it! By then i had built 2 Electric locomotives and a 3rd was on its way.

One thing that has worked well at SASMEE with a few of the Younger members was G Scale, they could drive in a controlled environment with very little effect to the public.

With WHS etc things are going to get harder but perhaps there is a training pathway that could be suggested to the AALS to help encourage younger members? Definitely something that will have to happen in the near future to keep the hobby moving forward!

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